Donny’s Picks: Event Recommendations for January 12-14

Marry the Sea plays Rent Party on Friday, January 12 in Maplewood. (Photo via Marry the Sea/Facebook)

We’re warmer. Thankfully, we’re warmer. So you have no excuse but to laugh with the host of “The Daily Show,” head for some tunes in Maplewood or Asbury Park (or both), hit a superhero play, or take a plunge. An icy one at that.

Now get out there and enjoy!

Music + Benefit

Rent Party Live presents Marry the Sea, Sharkhat, and The Linemen
Friday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m.
The Woodland
60 Woodland Road, Maplewood

In its 9th year, Rent Party continues to present good music for a good cause. Read our article for more about why you should help pay the rent.

El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom
Runs through February 4; Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Two River Theater
21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero, El Coquí Espectacular. “The comic book play ‘El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom’ examines these societal expectations and turns them on their head with some superhero fantasy and lots of comedy,” writes the New York Daily News. Purchase tickets here.

The Cucumbers performing in 2016 at Rent Party in Maplewood. (Photo credit: George Kopp)

Music + Benefit
Light of Day Musicians on a Mission with The Cucumbers
Sunday, January 14 at 12:00 p.m.
The Saint
601 Main Street, Asbury Park

The early shows features a slew of rockers. 1980s Hoboken-scene indie band The Cucumbers have reunited and is playing a rare set at 1:15 p.m. Not to be missed. A Little Bit About Light Of Day: The funds raised are donated to help the fight against Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses by funding research into better treatments, cures and support for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses. All proceeds to benefit Light Of Day Foundation. Tickets available here.

Photo via Trevor Noah/Facebook

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah
Sunday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center at the Borgata
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

South African political commentator and comedian Trevor Noah heads down to America’s Playground to perform a comedy set. In 2016, Noah released “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood,” his raw account of life under Apartheid. Noah crafts observations about globalization, immigration, nationalism and more. Tickets available here.

Asbury Park Polar Bear Plunge 2018. (Courtesy of Sons of Ireland)

Icy Wildness
Polar Bear Plunges in Brigantine Beach and Wildwood
Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Locations vary: view our article for all information

After frigid temperatures on New Year’s Day, multiple Polar Bear Plunge events were rescheduled throughout the Garden State. Then came the bomb cyclone which brought thermometers down to strikingly low readings for the second weekend in a row. But with temperatures approaching the mid-50s in certain parts of New Jersey by next weekend, some will be packing their bathing suits and hitting the beach!